The best gift a minor league prospect can get is an NHL call-up. Some guys really take full advantage of that opportunity. This season, for example, Colorado's Kevin Shattenkirk hasn't looked back since being summoned from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League in early November.
For my weekly look at the league's rookie class, here are five other guys that are getting a big league opportunity after starting the season in the minors:
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